Rides & Events

  • Ride of Silence – join us in Irvine and San Clemente
    March 4, 2014 | 3:23 am

    Ride of Silence

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm City of Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California = or =  San Clemente to Dana Point Wednesday at 6:30pm Join bicyclists across America who take time to remember fellow riders killed or injured on the nation’s highways. A slow easy ride in silence with opportunity to [...]

  • OC Tour de Cure 2012
    September 24, 2012 | 9:31 am

    As one of 83 cycling events in 43 states for diabetes, join over 250 riders as the OC Tour de Cure takes place this Saturday 9/29/12 in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The fundraiser supports nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes through the American Diabetes Association.

    There are 3 road and mountain routes to choose [...]

  • 2012 OC Gran Fondo
    September 23, 2012 | 8:51 am

    If you missed riding in The Tour, the Olympics, or even if you rode both, stretch your legs at a fundraiser on one of the 4 routes offered at the 2012 OC Gran Fondo. While primarily a fundraiser for  “Be A Hero Become A Donor” foundation (BAHBAD) and St. John Neumann Youth Ministry, there’s [...]

  • Road and Trail Closures in South County on 9/23/12
    September 21, 2012 | 5:40 am

    As a public safety message reminder from yesterday’s OC Register regarding road closures in the south county:

    The following roads and trails will be closed to the public between the hours of 06:00 thru 13:00:

    San Juan Creek Bike Trail  – closed between Doheny State Beach and Calle Arroyo La Novia Avenue  – closed between [...]

  • Bike Blvds in Anaheim?
    September 14, 2012 | 9:42 am

    The City of Anaheim is proposing Bicycle Boulevards on Lemon and Santa Ana Streets and want your feedback at an OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 22, 2012  from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre Patio 401 Lemon Street, Anaheim, CA 92805.

    The proposal includes removing the north bound traffic lane on Lemon St. [...]

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March 29, 2014 – Pacific Coast Bike Route open, OC to Oceanside

Let us know if you see any signs like this in Oceanside or San Clemente. Ironman says you can Detour on your way.

This year you can expect to find helpful course marshals providing safe access for bicyclists using the I-5 corridor between Orange and San Diego Counties during the annual half-Ironman race, Saturday March 29.

The race has grown in size and in recent years Ironman has obtained permission from Caltrans and the Marines for exclusive use of old Hwy 101, the one and only connection between Oceanside and San Clemente. Ironman isn’t the only entity that usurps bicycle access on the old road; the Marines close it several times a year for maneuvers. And when this happens Caltrans routinely opens the I-5 freeway shoulders and post signs to provide safe bicycle passage north and southbound.

But Ironman went one step further: they prevailed on Caltrans to close those ramps for the “safety” of their racers. That was a cold and clueless move by an organization which likes to cast itself as bicycle friendly. And that closure violates state law which requires Caltrans to maintain non-motorized access between points whenever they turn an existing road into a freeway.*

OCBC has worked with Caltrans Districts 11 (San Diego) and 12 (OC) the last two years to get them to do the right thing. Preparing to file an injunction against Caltrans permit finally got all parties’ attention.

So if you’ve ever wanted to ride a freeway with impunity, Saturday, March 29 from 7AM to Noon, between San Clemente and Oceanside will provide a dandy opportunity.

*CA Streets and Highways Code, Sec. 888

Victory on Vaquero

San Clemente pushed past another obstacle to Complete Streets implementation last night when City Council voted 3:2 to repave and restripe Vaquero, a 56′ wide connector currently featuring a 12′ painted median residents had insisted provided a necessary refuge from speeding traffic which plagues their neighborhood.

Vaquero, February 2014. Eliminating the painted median will slow motor traffic, and allow modern bike lanes and will actually facilitate driveway access. What’s not to love?

The median was installed at resident pleading by a previous traffic engineer; rather than slow down speeding traffic it pushed motorists toward the right hand edge where a substandard bike lane forced cyclists into the travel lane at every parked car.

The median was a “warm blanket” for residents who emotionally defended it at the meeting. Councilmen Chris Hamm and Jim Evert led the majority toward sanity with Mayor Tim Brown swinging the vote. We’ve more work to do convincing citizens and electeds that 99% motorist mode share does NOT mean 99% of the consideration must go to cars. That ain’t Complete Streets.

Elimination of the media– which served primarily as a convenient place for residents to turn left into their driveways– allows for buffered bike lanes, narrowed travel lanes, and still allows plenty of on-street parking neighbors wanted. Left turn pockets at critical intersections will remain in a final plan.

San Clemente Bases Loaded, Poised for Home Run on El Camino Real

San Clemente’s Planning Commission last night approved the most bicycle friendly highway design in Orange County.

Cross section of El Camino Real (PCH) in San Clemente shows, Metrolink train, pedestrian on Multi-use path, south- and north-bound bicyclists on Multi-use path, landscaped divider, south-bound cyclist in the Bike Lane, 10′ car lane, 3′ median, 10′ [...]

Huntington Beach to Renew Bicycle Friendly Status

Stephan Clark of the League of American Bicyclists will be visiting Huntington Beach on Wednesday, January 15.  The City, assisted by HuBBA, will be hosting him with a full day of Bicycle Friendly Community focused discussions and activities.

If you are interested, and can squeeze it into your busy schedule, you are invited to [...]